Chris Christie: Trump Surrounded by 'Amateurs, Grifters, Weaklings' and Also Me

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By the grace of God, Axios got an exclusive, juicy taste of Chris Christie’s new book, Let Me Finish, an excerpt of which they published today.


In it, the former New Jersey governor writes that President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a coterie of “amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons”—and also his “friend” Chris Christie. I’m no uncredited ghostwriter, but I probably wouldn’t want to open the door to a conversation about “unconvicted felons” if you’re Christie.

These unskilled nobodies, per Christie’s telling, “were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia.”

Can you imagine! Some of Trump’s flunkies managed to get into his orbit without enduring one of the most protracted, personally humiliating, and ultimately unsuccessful tryouts for a White House administration in recent memory. I would be mad too!

Per Axios, Christie went on to detail Steve Bannon’s railing against “the KID,” Jared Kushner, “the husband of Ivanka Trump and the son of the real estate developer Charles Kushner, a man I once sent to prison.” He continues:

I did everything I could to make sure my friend Donald reached the White House fully prepared to serve. But a handful of selfish individuals sidetracked our very best efforts. They set loose toxic forces that have made Trump’s presidency far less effective than it would otherwise have been. If this tragedy is ever going to be reversed, it is vital that everyone know exactly how it occurred.

Once Steve Bannon started unburdening himself ... in his Trump Tower office, he couldn’t seem to stop. “The kid’s been taking an ax to your head with the boss ever since I got here,” he blurted out. “It’s been constant. He never stops. Ancient bitterness, I guess.”

My friend Donald. Grifter recognize grifter, I suppose.

Let Me Finish—an obligatory “no”—is out Jan. 29.

Managing Editor, Splinter